I don’t know about you. But sleep is one of those things that I struggle with. I struggle to fall asleep. I struggle to wake up. And I struggle to get more than about six and a half hours a night. Which is not enough for me. But just before Christmas I headed into London for a special sleep event with Habitat and picked up some fab sleeping tips. Which have helped me get a better nights rest ever since. So if like me one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to get a better night’s sleep, then read on:
Needing eight hours is a myth
Yep. I know. I was shocked too. But apparently we don’t need eight hours sleep a night. I mean I’d love a good eight hours a night. Or more. But I know I can function perfectly well on six. Heck I function most days on six or seven. And I function just fine. But by knowing I don’t need eight hours to function the next day, means I stop getting sleep anxiety when I check the clock to see how little sleep I’m actually going to get that night. Which brings me onto the next point…
Stop checking the clock
You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and then check the clock to see what the time is. And then panic that you’ve only got an hour and a half until your alarm goes off. And then you don’t sleep for the next hour and a half. Well don’t check the clock. I know its easier said than done, but trust me it works wonder. By not checking the time, I don’t get stressed about how little sleep I have left before the alarm goes off. Instead I seem to roll over and fall straight back to sleep.
Lights out all out
I know I’m not the only one who does this. But I have a bad habit of checking every social media channel and news site before trying to sleep. And I wonder why I struggle to fall asleep? Well easier said than done, but don’t check your phone right before bed. If you need to, check it a little while before and ensure it’s on night mode, so it’s easier on the eyes. Your screen’s bright light can instantly wake you up.
Turn your bedroom into a calm oasis
It’s time to take back control of your bedroom and keep it that – a bedroom. Not an office, not a place to watch TV. Just a calm environment where you sleep. I try and keep my bedroom as clear as I can. Which again is easier said than done. But for me a calm space to sleep in, puts me in a calm mood and ready for bed. I also find new bedding works. Because we all sleep better with fresh sheets don’t we? I have some lovely new Habitat bedding on bed at the moment and I love it!
Get into a routine
We’re simple creatures really. And getting into a routine will really help your sleep. For me it’s normally having a bath and reading a few pages of a book. As soon as I’m out the bath and taken my makeup off, it’s like my brain knows it’s almost time for bed and I start to feel tried. Now obviously I can’t do this every night. And at the weekend the routine can go out the window a little. But I definitely sleep a lot better with my routine.
What do you think of these tips? Is sleep something you struggle with?